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Limestone County prosecutors fight to keep Moyers’ jury from being forced to testify in hearing for new trial

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Joel Moyers was back in court Wednesday afternoon. The Limestone County man asking for a new trial claiming misconduct on the part of the jury that convicted him of capital murder earlier this year.

Defense attorneys have issued subpoenas to each member of Moyer's jury, hopeful of putting them on the stand to ask if they did anything wrong.

"We had learned that Mr. Moyers' investigator was going to the houses of the jurors, at night, and questioning them, some of which they did not know they were being recorded. It got to the point jurors were calling us at the office because they were afraid for their personal safety based on this behavior," according to Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones.

Defense attorney Richard Jaffe plead today that one of the jurors gave an affidavit claiming his verdict was swayed by a plan devised by other jurors during a lunch break. But prosecutors argue otherwise.

"This group of jurors are hardworking Limestone County citizens who did nothing other than fulfill their civic duty. They came up here, they listened to the facts and they found Mr. Moyers guilty," Jones told reporters.

Meanwhile, Moyers responded to a question as he was being led away.

"I hope I get some justice, cause it was an accident. I never intended to kill nobody," Moyers said from the back of a sheriff's department van as he was leaving the judicial center.

Moyers' defense team declined comment to reporters following the hearing.

Another issue discussed Wednesday was whether the court erred in allowing some of the proceedings to take place while Moyers was not in the courtroom during his trial. Because that is not allowed during a capital murder trial, we're told it could result in a new trial for Moyers

Judge James Woodroof indicated there were several points of law he wanted to research before handing down his ruling on the state's motion to quash all of the subpoenas for Moyers' original jury. Meanwhile, his motion hearing for a new trial is still scheduled for next week.